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About Zen Lab
Zen Lab is built with three main things in mind; online access, affordability, and flexibility. This is a space for you to feel safe, and free of judgement with your yoga practice, whether you are a beginner or have years of experience under your belt. With a multi-style approach, you will find classes including vinyasa, hatha, power, slow flow, restore, and yin. Classes are all unique, sometimes with relevant themes to reflect upon, or no theme to let you set your own intention for the class. Music is also important to me which is why it is a big part of my teaching and practice. That's why I offer you a special curated playlist for each class offered. Follow me on Spotify.
I hope to inspire you in your unique journey wherever you are in life. I aspire to empower you to explore your inner world; mental, emotional, and physical, and challenge what you think you know to be true both inside your mind and also your body. The only constant in life is change.
Stepping into your power is to have the courage to make the hard decisions, even when it may not be popular. It is to be honest and communicate that honesty with grace and heart. To let people know you care and that you are paying attention. To be vulnerable and let people see you and, most importantly, to offer yourself the same love and compassion you offer others.
I'm Kristen; Founder, creator, and teacher. Yoga is a practice that I cultivated out of necessity. I've been an athlete all my life, and yoga was one of the only things that brought me physical relief. My practice continued to grow sustaining roots as I experienced mental and physical benefits through practicing regularly.
After moving to Indianapolis to begin my working career, I pursued an MBA at the University of Indianapolis in 2019 while working full time. I had the honor of playing for Indianapolis Red in 2018 and 2019, a local professional ultimate frisbee team in the Premier Ultimate League. Yoga has been a present force in the background of all of my accomplishments physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
After working in corporate America for 9 years, I suffered from major burnout, which I wrote about here. My body and mind were sending me clear signals that it was time to switch gears, and I decided to listen. I started to rethink and redefine what "success" meant to me. In July of 2020 I took a step back (or better yet, a step inward) to reevaluate, become more aware, and deconstruct what I held to be true about my self-worth and enough-ness. This involved finding and setting intentions around my values and adjusting my way of life to be more in line with my inner world.
Although this major shift has allowed me to live more authentically, I am still the same person. I like to live my life with humor, sometimes intensity, and can find the joy in the small moments. I have a dog, Baloo, and a cat, Rajah, and a partner who fill my life with constant sarcasm, puns, and great conversation.
I received my 200 YTT in September of 2020 with YogaRenew, and became certified to teach Yin Yoga in March 2021. In December of 2021, I received a Mindfulness certification. I am currently undergoing a certification to teach Children's Yoga as well as a 50 hour long YTT refresher course.
My journey here as a student and teacher is never-ending. It is a constant process of learning and unlearning, and I'm truly beyond grateful you are here with me to share our journeys together.